Judge approves sale of shuttered Hampden trash plant

A Penobscot County judge has cleared the sale of a shuttered Hampden trash plant to a group of Maine cities and towns, marking an important step toward reopening the facility that’s sat dormant for more than two years.

Penobscot County Superior Court Justice William Anderson this week approved the sale of the facility to the Municipal Review Committee, the group that represents the 115 Maine towns and cities that used the plant in the six months it ran. The sale is set to be finalized next week.

The Municipal Review Committee reached an agreement with the financiers of the facility earlier this year to launch a new bidding process. If no qualified bidders stepped forward, the financiers who funded the facility’s construction would have to accept the Municipal Review Committee’s so-called stalking horse bid, which came in at just a fraction of the overall cost of building the facility.

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